At the end of Year One, can Joe Biden build back his presidency? | Fletcher McClellan
Yes, things look bleak. But there are two, concrete steps Biden can take to salvage his presidency.
How the omicron variant is making medical lab staffing shortages worse | Opinion
Laboratory testing is the single highest-volume medical activity affecting Americans, and it drives about two-thirds of all medical decisions made by doctors and other health care professionals.
From Oregon to Pennsylvania, legislatures across country split on pandemic protocols | Analysis
In many states, as voting sessions resume for 2022, you’d hardly know that the U.S. is entering the third year of a pandemic
Kids who lost parents to COVID deserve help, advocates say
Last year, 14 states passed 36 bills to beef up children’s mental health services and expand mental health training opportunities for school resource officers and teachers.
Attendance low for Pa. Farm Show’s in-person return, Ag Dept. says | Five for the Weekend
Attendance this year was low compared to pre-pandemic years, with vendors, competitors and guests alike, choosing to forgo the crowds, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Pitt disenrolls unvaccinated students as W.Pa. universities grapple with COVID requirements
Disenrolled students may apply for a tuition refund, and, if they choose to get vaccinated, will be allowed to re-enroll, according to a published report.
Show medical workers you care: Wear a mask, get vaccinated, be unselfish | Roger Chesley
Exhausted by the pandemic, the health-care sector has lost nearly half a million workers since February 2020.
U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate
The rulings came less than a week after the justices heard arguments on the mandates – an unusually fast turnaround for the court.
Biden sends medical teams to 6 states, promises more free COVID tests and masks
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that the federal government will deploy military medical units to six states to assist hospitals overwhelmed with the recent spike of the omicron coronavirus variant. Starting next week, more than 120 medical personnel — the beginning of a deployment of 1,000 service members — will go to hospitals […]
Allegheny Co.’s decision to suspend trials didn’t surprise local lawyers | Thursday Morning Coffee
Lawyers say they're concerned about scheduling and the prioritization of cases, according to a published report.
Six months into the school year, here’s how the Pgh. schools are managing the pandemic | Analysis
Students’ social and emotional needs, chronic absenteeism, discipline issues, staffing shortages and high COVID infection rates make progress difficult.
After dropping early in the pandemic, jail populations are rising again | Wednesday Morning Coffee
COVID-19 cases, not actual policy changes, drove the temporary reduction, according to new research.